PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - For much of the remainder of this year, Palm Beach will be split in two. The island's northern and southern ends will soon be separated by some major roadwork.
Starting Monday morning, more than two miles of South Ocean Boulevard, or A1A, will be closed to traffic between Southern Boulevard and Sloan's Curve.
Crews will begin replacing a deteriorating 12-inch sewage main.
Some Palm Beach residents are not looking forward to the project. Drivers trying to get from one end of the island to the other will now have to detour over to West Palm Beach.
"It's just a major inconvenience for all the people here," said resident Jim Mogen. "We'll have to go over the Lake Worth bridge and go down Federal or Dixie and it's just another 15 or 20 minutes out of the way."
This is one of several major roadwork projects in coastal Palm Beach County under way right now. Three weeks ago, the Ocean Avenue bridge in Lantana was closed. A replacement span is scheduled to take twenty months to build.
During the South Ocean Boulevard work, emergency vehicles, mail service, and trash collection should continue. The project is expected to cost $8.9 million.
The majority of the work will be done by August. All of it should be complete by December. Work allowed between 8 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.